When the ESEA was boiled down into a racist states rights version, labeled ESSA, and quickly passed, it was Diane Ravitch and her loyal ghostwriters who hailed the new law as a huge success. She even gave Lamar Alexander's office nine...Show More Summary
When Diane Ravitch wanted her flock to be herded into supporting the federal charter school expansion legislation known as ESSA, she called upon Lamar Alexander's office to offer a nine-part spin session (see below) designed to mislead, obfuscate, and soothe any remaining skeptics. Show More Summary
Me—Why can’t we have an evaluation system that isn’t nonsense?UFT—Well, just because you think it’s nonsense doesn’t make it nonsense.Me—It’s not only me, it’s also the American Statistical Association and Diane Ravitch.UFT—Well, Diane Ravitch isn’t God.Me—Then why do I have her statue on the dashboard of my car?
The latest attack on Donald Trump’s incoming education secretary Betsy DeVos is coming from academia’s foremost public-school activist Diane Ravitch, who characterizes DeVos’s reforms as a “hoax.” In an interview with Chicago’s WBEZ, Ravitch sets out in no uncertain terms her ideological commitment to secular, government-run education. Show More Summary
We wrap up Finland Week with a tribute to the impeccable timing of Diane Ravitch, who picked this day of all days to repost this paean to Finland’s school system, written by William Doyle, a scholar-in-residence at the University of Eastern Finland. Donald Trump is promoting “school choice” as he vows to improve the American … Continue reading "Fight to the Finnish"
A few years back Diane Ravitch was forced to admit openly what the opponents of testing accountability knew when No Child Left Behind became law: the ridiculous goal of 100% percent student proficiency in reading and math could never...Show More Summary
Diane Ravitch’s Blog: Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education Betsy Devos has some bad lessons for America’s public schools. Eclectablog: Meanwhile, back in her home state, Governor Rick Snyder is poisoning minds and bodies by denying...Show More Summary
When Diane Ravitch came out with a statement of support (satirical, was it?) for Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, I had just finished reading Jay Mathews' column that celebrates the coalescing of his and Diane's views on charter schools. Show More Summary
We still differ, but her support for creative educators might bring peace and understanding.
For the past months, Diane Ravitch has turned her blog over to promoting the DNC's failed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. (By the way, the Democratic Party has decided that the humiliating loss is Clinton's fault, even though...Show More Summary
There was much disgust expressed when Diane Ravitch promoted FairTest's NEA-supported report, Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill. In the report, FairTest managed to do some major league pimping for the New Hampshire competency-based child plug-in learning model and competency-based assessment pilot. Show More Summary
Bark Bark Woof Woof - it's how they got Capone (and maybe even Trump); Diane Ravitch's Blog - will Putin pick our next president? PERRspectives - will Big Pharma pay the EpiPenalty? The Consumerist Manifesto - Stumpf not stumped; The...Show More Summary
Crooked Timber - discipline Glenn Reynolds? Diane Ravitch's Blog - demonstrate at the debate! Feministing - punishing Chelsea Manning; Lawyers, Guns & Money - Trumpites and the stars and bars; The New York Crank - why hasn't the Wells Fargo CEO been indicted? Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs infrequently at stinque.com and... Show More Summary
Since Diane Ravitch has chosen to slime me in her most recent blog post, I have decided to publish some of the dozens of emails that I have exchanged with Ravitch since her highly advertised conversion from neoconservative elitism to neoliberal elitism. Show More Summary
Dear Diane, I saw your new blog post yesterday that shows your earnestness to depict me as an out-of-control sexist bully who is out to get you: Jim Horn has a website called “Schools Matter.” He opposes corporate reform, as I do.I have never met him. Show More Summary
Some people remain amazed at Diane Ravitch's "conversion" that came after she figured out that everyone with a brain had discovered the Big Lie that undergirded the ed policies that she had espoused for the past 30 years. What many people don't know is that Ravitch did not leave her Party--her Party left her as it dove over the cliff, stage right. Show More Summary
Nothing Diane Ravitch says or does will adversely affect her image in the eyes of her acolytes, but for an academic historian she seems incurious about information that doesn’t fit with her worldview. Case in point: Yesterday Ravitch trumpeted the opposition of the Massachusetts NAACP to Question 2, a ballot measure that would allow the […]
“Fraud is a feature of deregulation, not a bug. When no one is looking, some people steal. Not everyone steals, but many do. That is why Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and California are scamming taxpayers.” — Professor Diane Ravitch The vile...Show More Summary
From reading Diane Ravitch, it is hard to tell how much our neoliberal matron of anti-reformy complaining does or does not know about the real threat that competency based education (CBE) or "personalized learning" represents to public schools, children, and teachers. Show More Summary
Education historian Diane Ravitch is against charter schools, voucher programs – any sort of education “privatization.” And that’s fine. I just wish she would bring more to bear in opposing such measures than accusations about privatizers’...Show More Summary